Bringing church to the people

Many of us have grown up in churches where we were told to bring people to church. We brought them to Sunday services or outreach events. We hoped something catalytic would happen to them there. But all along, the better way has been to bring the church to the people. Many Christians can't get their minds around this concept because they don't understand that they are the church, they are God's outreach to the world. The Christian is the city on a hill, the light of the world. All Christians are commissioned to go out into the world and make disciples.

When you bring church to the people, you have to leave the building behind. You are going out into the world where they don't speak Christianese. Any seasoned missionary knows that you need to understand the language and culture of the people you are going to. When the church goes to the people, it cannot insist that the people understand; but seek to understand the people. We need to learn to listen and be with and then share.

When we go to people we are bringing the good news to them. Bringing the good news is far simpler than we've imagined. Bringing the good news is simply telling people what God is doing in your life. What God is doing now relates back to when You first knew Christ. Salvation is not just an event, but a process. Your life is a record of God's work of salvation. Your testimony is evidence that the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ is true. This is what evangelism is.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:16 AM

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